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Pa. unemployment ticks up for July

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Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose in July to 5.7 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

That’s up one-tenth of a percentage point from the prior month.

This was the first gain in the state unemployment rate since June 2012.

The commonwealth's rate was five-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate of 6.2 percent, which was also up one-tenth of a point in July.

The state rate was down 1.8 percentage points from its July 2013 rate of 7.5 percent.

Pennsylvania's civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was down 32,000 in July to 6.37 million due to a decline in resident employment.

The department said that despite July's decline, employment has been trending upward.

Pennsylvania's employment has gone up 40,000 in the past year, and is up 21,000 so far in 2014.

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